Portugal welcomes all returning emigrants with 'open arms'

in News · 10-06-2019 08:00:00 · 4 Comments
Portugal welcomes all returning emigrants with 'open arms'

Portugal’s government has reaffirmed that the country welcomes with "open arms" all emigrants who want to return, reinforcing the idea that Portugal "is a bigger country" with all its communities.

"The government has in place policies to support and guarantee the return [of emigrants] to Portugal,” the secretary of state for communities abroad, José Luís Carneiro, said according to the text provided to Lusa.

“Portugal’s arms are open to those who want to return. Of all generations and of all social classes.”

In the secretary of state’s usual message addressed to emigrants on the occasion of 10 June, Portugal Day, Carneiro also stressed the importance of Portuguese nationals resident abroad in raising Portugal’s profile around the globe.

"Portugal is a larger country with all its communities,” he said. “All communities [together] make up the national community.”

Carneiro also highlighted the realisation of a "new vision" for the diaspora to contribute to Portugal’s economic and social development, notably with the assigning of public utility status to Portuguese chambers of commerce abroad, the creation of the Diaspora Investor Support Office (GAID) and publishing of a Tax Guide for Communities.

Other important parts of his address touched on measures adopted in the fields of culture and the Portuguese language, as well as extra resources and staff for consulates and consular protection provided to Portuguese nationals at risk abroad.

"Unfortunately, there have been many critical moments that we've all been through,” Carneiro said. “Terrorist attacks, accidents, natural disasters, disturbance of public order and conflicts of a civil nature - circumstances that we have all seen with a profound sense of national solidarity.”

In this context, the secretary of state praised the work of consular and diplomatic staff and other state employees "who have helped to ensure the effectiveness of the response … to help Portuguese nationals in danger.”

The official celebrations of Portugal Day are this year to take place in Portalegre, in Portugal’s Alentejo region, and in Cape Verde, with the president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the prime minister, António Costa, and Carneiro himself taking party.

More than a dozen ministers and secretaries of state will also be in several countries to mark Portugal Day along with local Portuguese communities.


We are 15 family members in Bangkok Thailand since feb 2013. we are registered with united nations human rights commission for refugees Thailand . we are christian faith persecuted ,our 4 family members are detained since feb 2017. how we can get portugal citizenship ,please let me know Thanks

by ROSHAN PERVAIZ from Other on 12-06-2019 05:33:00

It would be great if the government could emphasis the immigrants of staying in the place where they have given the citizenship.

by Rayamajhi from Lisbon on 11-06-2019 11:25:00

The Portuguese government should be ashamed to ask the people they forced to became expats to contribute. Stop the corruption, pay what you owe and make your buddies pay what they stoled from the people and we may consider that. Shame on you, Mr. Carneiro and shame on all portuguese politicians.

by Vasco Serrano from UK on 11-06-2019 10:55:00

I Whit love to go back I'm from celorico da beira were there are no jobs basically no medical support were population is old and I think what kind of future will be for me and to my family I also like to see a lot of changes in the retirement.for Ex: when I retired from Canada why I do have to declare in Portugal how much my pension is in Canada why? I worked and contribute to in Portugal I should get paid what I I am untitled whiteout penalty from both of goverments.

by Carlos from Other on 10-06-2019 10:19:00
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